August 28, 2016

Sermon by the Rev. Amanda Currie Listen to this Sermon 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 2 Peter 1:1-15 Luke 4:1-13 “The Fruit of the Spirit is Self-Control” If there is one model of self-control for us to look to for inspiration, it has to be Jesus. After all, he is the one that the Apostle Paul described as being “tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Right from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, Luke’s Gospel tells us that he experienced temptation. He had just finished being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit when the Spirit led him in the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil. Now, another version of the story, in the Gospel according to Mark, says that the Spirit DROVE Jesus out into the wilderness, but in Luke’s Gospel the Spirit seems to play more of a supporting role, rather than being the force responsible for him being out there. Luke writes that the Spirit “led [Jesus] in the wilderness,” seemingly guiding him through the challenges and temptations that would come his way, and helping him to get through them. Indeed, when Jesus returns from the Jordan after his baptism, Luke tells us that he was “FULL of the Holy Spirit,” and I cannot help but think that it was the Spirit’s presence within him that allowed him to successfully overcome the temptations. Making use of his knowledge of the Scriptures, Jesus refutes the devil’s offerings with firm convictions about God’s commands and what is … Read more »